Justify Draws 7th Position For Preakness

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

Still, the post draw makes each horse's starting position official, and the morning line odds provide a starting point for any bettors preparing their trifectas for Saturday.

Triple Crown hopeful Justify will start from Post 7 as a prohibitive favorite in the 143 Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

The 2018 Preakness Stakes is expected to have an eight-horse field (down from the 20-horse field at Churchill Downs a few weeks ago), including Kentucky Derby champ Justify. Bravazo finished 8 lengths behind, with Lone Sailor 9 1/4 lengths out.

Justify did have a hoof issue coming out of the Kentucky Derby, and a specialist flew in from Florida to re-shoe the horse's foot, writes Fran Jurga for HoofBlog.com.

Four new challengers for Justify are in the Preakness field - Diamond King, Quip, Sporting Chance and Tenfold.

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Trainer Bob Baffert said he's wanted to let Justify develop at his own pace.

With the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes taking place on Saturday, May 19, the post-position draw for the race will commence on Wednesday. A furlong is one-eighth of a mile, so the Preakness is 110 yards shorter than the Kentucky Derby.